Last updated on: 8/23/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“As Catholic leaders and moral teachers, we believe that life is the most basic gift of a loving God–a gift over which we have stewardship but not absolute dominion. Our tradition, declaring a moral obligation to care for our own life and health and to seek such care from others, recognizes that we are not morally obligated to use all available medical procedures in every set of circumstances. But that tradition clearly and strongly affirms that as a responsible steward of life one must never directly intend to cause one’s own death, or the death of an innocent victim, by action or omission…

We call on Catholics, and on all persons of good will, to reject proposals to legalize euthanasia.”

“Statement on Euthanasia,” United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website, Sep. 12, 1991

Description:

“The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States. The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place. This purpose is drawn from the universal law of the Church and applies to the episcopal conferences which are established all over the world for the same purpose.”

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website (accessed Oct. 31, 2006)

Mission:

“To unify, coordinate, encourage, promote and carry on Catholic activities in the United States; to organize and conduct religious, charitable and social welfare work at home and abroad; to aid in education; to care for immigrants; and generally to enter into and promote by education, publication and direction the objects of its being.”

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website (accessed Oct. 31, 2006)

Other:
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  1. Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?